OFFICIAL SELECTION / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2013

world premiere

   

MILLE SOLEILS

 



Mati DIOP

 

 

FRANCE
2013
Colour
35 mm, mini DV
45’

Original version
Wolof
Subtitles
French
Image
Hélène Louvart, Mati Diop
Sound
Alioune Mbow, Bruno Ehlinger
Editing
Nicolas Milteau
Casting
Magaye Niang

Production
Anna Sanders Films

Filmography
– SNOW CANON, 2012
– BIG IN VIETNAM, 2011
– ATLANTIQUES, 2009

Let’s not delude ourselves, inheritance is a choice. And a quite demanding one, too, since it requires you to go back in time. This is precisely the journey young but seasoned filmmaker Mati Diop embarks upon here, by looking back at Touki Bouki, a cult film made by his late uncle Djibril Diop Mambety in Dakar in 1972. The plot is simple enough: two lovers dream of a heaven they picture in Paris, and find ways to get there. One follows the dream and goes into exile, while the other chooses to stay at the last minute. A fable with burlesques hints, this Journey of the Hyena (as translated from the Wolof) deals above all else with choices: how you strive to be able to choose and then how, freed by your efforts, you do make a choice. In Mati Diop’s present journey, the story of his family is entangled with the history of cinema and the history of Senegal, as embodied by Magaye Niang, the protagonist of the original epic, to such an extend that temporalities juxtapose and 40-year-old characters make a come-back (along with their typical features, like the famous buffalo-motorcycle). Somewhere between naturalism and fantasy, tribute and investigation, humour and melancholy, Mille Soleils (One thousand Suns) keeps the promise of its title, and shines with so many lights. (Jean-Pierre Rehm)

 

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